How to make friends in the middle of the school year

As we rolll into the end of the school year the school year, the worst thing that could ever happen, happens: a friendship breakup! The same friends you've been hanging out with since August are slowy drifting apart. The thought of having to make new friends can seem sad and maybe even scary because everyone seems to have already gotten used to their friend circles. But don't worry, transitions like this are pretty common. Here's how you can make and find new friends in the middle of the school year.

Spark a conversation in class

Talking to people who are in your class is the easiest way to make friends. Move your seat around and sit next to someone you've never spoken to before, or work with a new set of people during group work. So far, the only thing you know that you have in common with them is being in the same class, so start there! You never know—your new best friend could be right across the room.

Join an after-school club you're interested in

Change your scenery! There are plenty of clubs and school-sponsored events you can try out. If you're into art, join an art club. If you want to learn how to play an instrument, join the band. This will be the perfect way to discover your passions and interests—some you may not have even known you have! It's also a great way to learn something new. You may even make a friend along the way.

Be open and take your time

Making friends takes time and energy. It's more than just saying hi every once in a while to the girl in your chem class. You need to get to know that person. Don't be closed off to making new friends, and definitely don't judge someone before you actually know them. Also, take time to enjoy yourself, do things that you love alone and discover your interests during this time.

What's your go-to for making new friends? Let us know in the comments below.

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by Toyin Akinwande | 3/31/2019